Licorice Root || Guide Herb || Organically Grown Ethically Harvested
1/2 cup of dried organic Licorice Root, Glycyrrhiza glabra
Medicinally, Licorice root has been used since ancient times for its immune, liver, digestion, respiratory, antiviral, and antimicrobial benefits. Chinese medicine uses it as a “guide herb,” combining it with other herbs in a single prescription to enhance the effectiveness of the other ingredients, generally raise Qi, reduce toxicity, and improve flavor.
Energetically, it is associated with the Water element and with Mercury and Jupiter and is used in offerings on altars or burned in religious ceremony. In ancient times, rites of passage weren’t complete without an herb from the Jupiter spectrum - licorice root was buried in tombs in ancient Egypt.
European lore as well as Hoodoo traditions believe that licorice root guides lust, love, and fidelity magick work (likely due to its estrogenic qualities and ability to raise blood pressure). Add it to love sachets that you or your beloved carry, chew on it for sexual potency, or sprinkle it in the footprints of a lover to guide them away from wandering.
While licorice root has very low toxicity, you should avoid using it internally (or even chewing on it) if you have high blood pressure or are sensitive to estrogen. Prolonged use of large amounts can cause decreased potassium levels.
Consult with your doctor before using internally if you are pregnant, nursing, or on medications.
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